State figures show the jobless rate went from 8.4% in June to 8.9% in July.
“Overall jobs did decline by 13,500 but that’s very typical between June and July for the Sacramento region – we normally see job loss.”
Diane Patterson is with the state Employment Development Department. She says the decline is typical because schools and educational services cutback on their workforces over summer vacation.
Patterson says the Sacramento area is still recovering from the recession when the region lost more than 103,000 jobs between 2007 and 2011.
“But since 2011 to 2013, our July gains, we’ve added 26,000 jobs…so we’ve been on the rise."
Sectors that added jobs last month include: manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, and leisure and hospitality.